From a young age we are conditioned to assume that growth is a good thing. As we mature from childhood into adulthood, our parents measure our growth and celebrate every inch. Some parents even mark our height increments on a wall. A lot of growth is considered a good thing; we all want to be tall, but to be stunted is a defect. We like to watch our bank accounts grow, our careers grow, our families grow and our friendships grow.
As adults, when we hear the word “growth” we generally think of good things. Of course there are exceptions. We don’t like the growth of tumors (except on Ted Kennedy), the growth of our bellies (unless we’re pregnant), or the growth of our debt (unless we’re the federal government).
Is population growth a good thing? I would argue that, except in certain circumstances, it is not. For example, we’ve got more than enough people in the United States as it is.
In a March 15th front page article, Erin Middlewood writes in The Columbian:
Although Clark County’s growth slightly exceeded that experienced by the state as a whole, it’s a far cry from the suburban boom here in the 1990s.
Clark County added 5,172 residents in the year leading up to July 1, 2012. A little less than half of the county’s growth came from births outpacing deaths, with the other half from people moving into the county. About a third of the newcomers arrived from other countries.
Migration has historically fueled Clark County’s growth, but that changed during the Great Recession, said Scott Bailey, a state regional economist. The jobs market remains poor. And the county’s reputation as a pleasant bedroom community hasn’t overcome the aftershocks of the housing crash.
We are led to believe that “growth” (I.E. “more people”) is a good thing and the only reason we’re not seeing an even greater increase in population is that our economy is fairing poorly. If all were well, our population would be increasing in leaps and bounds.
Is this logical? At what point, if any, would the corporate media admit that we don’t need more people? If it reaches the point where we’re packed like sardines, with standing room only and fed by tubes from giant tanks suspended from above, would they still be claiming that “growth” is a good thing?
Back when the West still had nations, the citizens of those nations could enjoy their good fortune when fate smiled upon them. They would feel fortunate when their bounty belonged to them and foreign hordes were not infiltrating their lands to take it. When large numbers of foreigners did attempt to help themselves to a nation’s wealth, it was considered an act of war. But now the wealthy and powerful have no allegiance to a nation; their only loyalty is to themselves. They control the media. The media controls the votes. The votes control the government – and the government controls the laws. The ruling elite (some would call them the “one-percenters”) are perfectly happy to bring in as many peons as possible. Those peons will vote as they are told and the fact that our share of the pie gets ever smaller with each influx doesn’t bother them at all. After all, their share of the pie gets even bigger.
Please tell your family and friends to stop believing these corporate/media lies. Such “growth” doesn’t help us at all; it only helps them.